Top-flight tennis will return to New Zealand for the first time in three years next January, with big names promised for the men’s and women’s Auckland Open tournaments, organizers said on Tuesday.
Serena Williams was the last WTA event winner at the ASB Tennis Center in early 2020 before New Zealand closed its borders to keep the COVID-19 virus out of the country.
Travel restrictions have been eased this year, and the government said in May that international borders will be fully open to visitors from late July.
This clears the way for the Australian Open warm-up events to return to New Zealand’s largest city under a new tournament director, Frenchman Nicolas Lamperin.
“The tournaments in Auckland are loved by the players and are among the top 250 events on the calendar,” said Lamperin, a players’ agent whose clients have included Marion Bartoli, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils.
“I look forward to getting to work and continuing the legacy of what is one of the highlights of summer Down Under.”
Frenchman Ugo Humbert has won the 2020 edition of the ATP tournament, traditionally held the week after the women’s event.
The 2023 tournaments are set to take place from January 2-14, according to organizers, with the Australian Open expected to start in Melbourne on January 16.
Auckland Open set for 2023 after COVID pause – SABC News
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